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  • Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

    I've read some people flash their 9800 Pro Bios to a 9800 XT? I have a vague idea what that means, but then again im new to this stuff.
    (Note: I havn't bought the card yet.)

    1) What exactly does Flashing a Bios do?

    2) How would I go about flashing a bios? is there any good guides?

    3) in www.newegg.com this card is listed as a pro is it? http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...102-368&depa=1

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    Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

    Sapphire makes 128bit 9800 Pros, avoid them. Flashing the BIOS will not only set clockspeeds to XT levels by default, the card will also be recognised by windows, software, etc as a 9800XT

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    • #3
      Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

      ic, ill definatly flash it. so i need to get a 256 bit 9800 pro

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      • #4
        Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

        Flashing it makes it use te clock and memory speeds of the 9800XT, on top of a few core optimizations. However, not every card can flash. You'll need to make sure it's actually got an R360 core, which means you have to look at the core itself.

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        • #5
          Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

          http://www.rojakpot.com/default.aspx...var1=92&var2=0

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          • #6
            Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

            If you gunna go out and pay $200 for a 9800 pro, forget it and hit eBay. You can sometimes find 9800XT for $200 there. If you're willing to spend like $270, go to newegg and get the 6800

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            • #7
              Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

              YEa...9800XT for 200 on ebay, But keep in mind, there are people out there who knows about "flashing" 9800 pro to xts..and they sell it as XTs but really its a pro that well over heat and probably burn out. There is a slight chance of pro to xt to work..so i wouldn't bother..unless you have a r360 Core.
              CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
              Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
              RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
              GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
              PSU: Thermaltake 500w
              SC: Audigy 2 zs
              LCD: 22' Samsung 225bw
              Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra
              Mouse: Logitech G5

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              • #8
                Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

                I would never buy electronics on Ebay, there's way too much funny business.

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                • #9
                  Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

                  Originally posted by sr4470
                  Sapphire makes 128bit 9800 Pros, avoid them.
                  I have a saphire 9800 pro atlantis with 128 mb. The card overheats a lot, sometimes even while idle. How do I know for sure if it is 128 or 256 bit?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

                    Aren't the memory timings looser in the XT? If so, it would be better to overclock the pro to XT settings or higher. The looser timings would hurt performance.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

                      Originally posted by morloc82
                      I have a saphire 9800 pro atlantis with 128 mb. The card overheats a lot, sometimes even while idle. How do I know for sure if it is 128 or 256 bit?
                      Look at the box it came in, otherwise download rivatuner, its probly a 128bit i could be wrong.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Flash 9800 Pro Bios to 9800 XT?

                        It's probably not 128-bit. Sapphire only made a few 128-bit 9800 Pros, but a whole slew of 9800 Pros using 9800XT hardware.

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